Blog Tour: Whisper Island

Anola Pickett will host a blog tour for her new book, Whisper Island, from July 1–31.

It’s 1913, and 12-year-old Primmy’s greatest wish is to join the US Life Savers Service. But there’s only one problem—girls aren’t allowed. Receiving little encouragement from family and friends, Primmy does everything she can to change their minds and make her dream come true. You’ll be rooting for Primmy every step of the way in this charming coming-of-age story!

If you are interested in joining the blog tour, please leave a comment with the date you’d like to post or contact Anola via email.

Whisper Island blog tour

Here is a brief description of the book:

Primmy, sure as anything, we should have named you Anne Bonny.”

He’s forever comparing me to the woman pirate who sailed our waters during Blackbeard’s time. Pa holds that Anne Bonny must have been a wild and careless girl. Like me. Although I have no desire to end up as a pirate.

I plan to be a Life Saver.

It’s 1913 in Whisper Island, North Carolina, and twelve-year-old Primmy Hopkins has dreams above her station. She wants to be a part of the US Life Savers Service, even though only men can join. She wants to do something worthwhile—to help people and make a difference. Her long-forgotten mother has other dreams for her, though. And when Primmy receives an invitation to spend her birthday with her mother, Primmy can only hope that she will accept her for who she is—or at least explain why she left their family.

This touching coming-of-age tale will keep you smiling at Primmy’s antics and rooting for its delightful cast of characters. Parents and children will both enjoy the rich historical setting and engaging humor of Anola Pickett’s latest novel.

Meet the Author:

Anola Pickett grew up in a family of storytellers. Even her name has a story: it’s a combination of her two grandmothers’ names—Ann and Ola. Every family story grew longer and more colorful each time another person told it. In third grade Anola discovered that writing down stories was fun, too. In college she combined her love of reading and writing and earned a degree in English and creative writing. After spending several years as an elementary and middle school teacher, Anola worked as a school librarian. Now she writes full-time at her home in Kansas City, and a few years ago discovered that she enjoys writing historical fiction for young readers.

She and her husband, Peter, enjoy traveling together and always come back with at least one idea for another story!

You can learn more about her at

Whisper Island Blog Tour Schedule

Week One

  • July 1 –
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  • July 3 –
  • July 4 –
  • July 5 –
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Week Two

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Week Five